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Think Legal Bangladesh is immensely pleased to announce the launch of the 'Think Legal Lecture Series' on 10 January 2015.

Deconstructing Judicial Independence

We are honoured to have The Hon'ble Dr. Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed [LL.B (Hons), University of Dhaka, B.A. and M.A. Wadham College, University of Oxford, UK, M.A. in Law and Diplomacy and Ph.D. Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA], Judge of the High Court Division, Supreme Court of Bangladesh as the First Lecturer in the Series & Barrister Mustafizur Raman Khan -- himself an orator par excellence with a wit to match -- as the Moderator for the Event.

Saturday 10 January 2015. 3.00-5.00 PM.

Venue: EMK Center, Midas Center Building (9th floor), House # 5, Road # 27 (Old), Dhanmondi R/A, Dhaka

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  High Court Issues Rule Nisi seeking Explanation on Provision on Marital History of Women in Kabin-Nama
High Court Issues Rule Nisi seeking Explanation on Provision on Marital History of Women in Kabin-Nama
On 14 September, 2014 the High Court (HC) issued a rule asking several government authorities to explain why the entry no. 5 in Forms No. 1600 and 1601 (kabin-nama) should not be declared to be without lawful authority and of no legal effect being discriminatory against women on the grounds of sex, in violation of Articles 28, 31 and 32 of the Constitution.

The impugned forms require only the bride to make a statement as to her marital status, specifically stating whether she is virgin /widowed/divorced. (??????/ ?????/?????????????)

The respondents to the writ were Secretary, Ministry of Public Administration, Secretary, Ministry of Religion Affairs, Deputy Director, Bangladesh Forms and Publications Office and Director General, Department of Printing and Publications.

A Division Bench, comprising of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Md. Jahangir Hossain passed the order upon hearing a writ petition filed in the public interest by the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), Naripokkho and Bangladesh Mahila Parishad.

The Court asked the respondents to explain in four weeks why they should not be directed to amend the kabin-nama by omitting the use of the word “??????” in respect of brides and to ensure the information in the kabib-nama regarding marital status of grooms as well.

he Court also asked the Government to give explanation as to why they should not be directed to impose a mandatory requirement for both the bride and groom to affix their respective photos to these forms, at the time of registration of marriage.
The petitioners’ lawyer submitted that the provision contained in entry No. 5 in the said Forms is in conflict with the Constitutional rights of citizens, in particular, the prohibition on discrimination on grounds of sex, and the right to be treated in accordance with law, as guaranteed under Articles 27, 28, 31 and 32 of the Constitution.
Advocate Aynunnahar Siddiqa conducted the hearing for the petitioners. Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua, Barrister Md. Akmal Hossain  and Advocate Mehbuba Jui assisted her. Deputy Attorney General Mokhlesur Rahman appeared for the State.


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audi alteram partem : no man shall be condemned unheard.

in limine : at the outset.

void ab initio : null from the beginning.

per incuriam : (of a judicial decision) wrongly decided, usually because the judge or judges were ill-informed of the applicable law.

ex facie : on the face of it; evidently; apparently.

ad hoc : formed for a particular purpose.

ad interim : in the meantime; temporarily.

mutatis mutandis : all necessary changes having been made; with the necessary changes.

pari passu : proportionally; at an equal pace; without preference.

locus poenitentiae: the opportunity of withdrawing from a projected contract, before the parties are finally bound

bona fide : made in good faith; without fraud or deceit; sincere; genuine.

mala fide : dishonesty of belief or purpose.

obiter dictum : a judicial comment made while delivering a judicial opinion; but one that is unnecessary to the decision in the case and therefore not precedential.

onus probandi : burden of proof.

cestui que trust : one who possesses equitable rights in property.

inter vivos : of or relating to property conveyed not by will or in contemplation of an imminent death, but during the conveyor’s lifetime.

pendente lite : during litigation.

ex post facto : with retroactive affect or force; in light of subsequent events.

non est factum : a plea that a written agreement is invalid because the defendant was mistaken about its character when signing it.

Fumus boni iuris : presumption of sufficient legal basis.

per contra : on the contrary.

ipso facto : because of that fact.

Tout ce que la loi ne defend pas est permis : Everything is permitted, which is not forbidden by law.